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ERIC Number: EJ926932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
A Teachable Moment Uncovered by Video Analysis
Gates, Joshua
Physics Teacher, v49 n5 p284-285 May 2011
Early in their study of one-dimensional kinematics, my students build an algebraic model that describes the effects of a rolling ball's (perpendicular) collision with a wall. The goal is for the model to predict the ball's velocity when it returns to a fixed point approximately 50-100 cm from the wall as a function of its velocity as it passes this point initially. They are told to assume that the ball's velocity does not change while it rolls to or from the wall--that the velocity change all happens very quickly and only at the wall. In order to evaluate this assumption following the data collection, I have the students analyze one such collision using video analysis. The results uncover an excellent teachable moment about assumptions and their impact on models and error analysis.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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